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WSET Wine Foundation Course (Level 1 Award)

This is a fun, basic, three-week course specially designed for those with no previous wine knowledge. It has a very hands-on and practical approach. We start out working with wine lists (bring a favorite of your own, if you like), move on to tasting grapes and wines, and then do full-blown food and wine pairing. We pair wines with such foods as smoked salmon, mushrooms, roast beef, mature cheddar cheese, apples and chocolate, altered with such condiments as salt, chili peppers and lemon juice. The 48-page textbook includes fun innovations such as wine-related word searches. At the end of the third week there is a short, 30-question, 45-minute multiple-choice exam. If you score 70% or higher you earn the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

Because of its unique, hands-on nature, this course is not available via home study.